February 6, 2014
Yesterday, we brought in Peter Rudy of Big Chief Tree and his team of Mayan “tree whisperers” to prune and aerate the “Old Growth Forest,” Elm Playlot’s five large sycamore trees. Their work ensured that our trees would be nourished and ready for the impending installation of the zip line, wall ball, and other heavy equipment.
Click here for more pictures of the Old Growth Forest’s aeration.
To gather initial input from residents about how Elm Playlot could be transformed, Pogo Park used a community input process called “Photovoice” that utilizes the powerful combination of photos and recorded voices. In the summer of 2008, Pogo Park worked with a group of fifteen Iron Triangle residents (comprised of six African-Americans, eight Latinos and one Asian) for five weeks. Continue reading
As part of the community design for Elm Play Lot and to help community members envision what their park would look like, Pogo Park helped residents measure Elm Play Lot and resolve on-site where the proposed park elements could go. Residents used this information to transfer their vision to paper and build a scale model of Elm Park. This model has been instrumental in gaining funding for the reconstruction of the park.
Organized to collect public opinion about the future of the Richmond Greenway for a State of California grant application, Pogo Park organized a consortium of local non-profits to stage a “Festival of Ideas.” For eight consecutive days, Pogo Park and its partners staffed tents located directly on the Richmond Greenway at strategic locations. Continue reading
To expand violence prevention efforts in the neighborhoods around our parks, Pogo Park started the Peace Tent program. This program establishes a safe physical location where residents can acquire the skills necessary to resolve conflicts, improve communication, and practice understanding and compassion. Continue reading
Pogo Park works closely with the communities we serve. We make special effort to truly listen to what local residents are saying. We schedule meetings in a variety of places, including on-site in parks, and at different times so that local residents can participate. We provide food, childcare, and even entertainment to get people talking about – or drawing – their vision for their community. Continue reading